Monday, 17 January 2011

Superheroes and the police

There are a bunch of guys who dress up as super heroes in Seattle, complete with masks, and go on patrol to fight crime. Leaving aside the question of their sanity for a moment, what's wrong with this picture? We have an organisation designed to fight crime. It's called "The Police Force". And if you want to be a crime fighter, they have a very clear application process you can go through. They'll even issue you with:
  • A costume
  • Cool gadgets
  • A vehicle
  • A base of operations
  • Special training
  • A sidekick and
  • A whole team of like-minded crime fighters to back you up
That's practically a recipe for becoming Batman. If you go out on your own in a mask, no matter how awesome you think you are, you're not invincible. You don't have the proper training or the right equipment, and at some point you'll either get charged with assault or murdered. You'll do just as much good (some would argue more good) as a police officer than as a masked vigilante.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - Go and join up.
PPS - If you don't make it there, you're probably not cut out for the gig anyway.

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